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  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the USA
  • Affiliation : Senior Research Associate, Brookings Institution
  • Affiliation : Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Affiliation : Dr., Director, International Security Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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PIR Center Promotes Russia-US Dialogue

25.01.2013

124_350_175.jpgMOSCOW, 25 JANUARY 2013. PIR PRESS - "Today's dilemma in US-Russian relations is not the choice between whether they are good or bad, but between whether they produce positive changes or nothing at all, whether we use this experience to reopen a constructive dialogue in the strategic sphere, expand it into new areas, and develop an agenda of bilateral relations or miss this opportunity " - PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.

From  December 3 to 17, 2012, PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov and PIR Center Education and Training Program Director Albert Zulkharneev were traveling on a business tour of the United States. The main purpose of the trip was to discuss the future of Russian-American cooperation in addressing global and regional security issues after once the 2012 elections–both in Russia and in the USA were over.

The discussions were focused on the task of strengthening nonproliferation measures in the Middle East and Iran, opportunities for joint actions by Russia and the USA in improving global nuclear security and prospects of an increased dialogue between Russia and the United States – both on traditional questions of strategic stability and on emerging issues, including international information security.

PIR Center officials filled their schedule with meetings with representatives of key US departments, research centers and foundations.  One of the first included a detailed conversation with Special Assistant to the President of the United States on Nonproliferation and Arms Control, Gary Samore. Both sides noted that although the expected 2012 conference on establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East was not held, work on the problem continues to be a priority, carried out within the framework of the review process of the NPT in 2013.

PIR Center experts also exchanged views on key issues of global security and bilateral relations with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, Evelyn Farkas.

On December 3, 2012 the newly elected US President Barack Obama delivered a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which sparked a heightened interest of American partners in discussing prospects of mutual cooperation in reducing nuclear threats, as reported by PIR PRESS on December 5.  Additionally, possibilities for joint educational and scientific work on the subject and a more developed dialogue on strategic arms control were discussed with the heads of The Nuclear Threat Initiative, The Ploughshares Fund, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and other institutions.

Director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative and member of the PIR Center’s, Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group, Steven Pifer detailed his vision of a possible compromise on missile defense, which readers will find in the December issue of the exclusive newsletter, Russia Confidential.

Vladimir Orlov had a brief conversation in Washington with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, in which both parties confirmed their great interest in June’s Ministerial Conference of the IAEA in St. Petersburg, "Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century."

The PIR Center Representatives were also received by Russia's ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak and Charge d'affaires of Kazakhstan to the USA Dastan Eleukenov.

IMG_4089.jpgOn December 12 the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, organized a round table for the staff and students of the institute, whom Vladimir Orlov addressed.  The round table was led by Professor William Potter, the Director of the center.  There, PIR Center President outlined the main challenges facing Russian and foreign policy of the USA, and characterized the level of cooperation between the two countries: "Today's dilemma in US-Russian relations is not the choice between whether they are good or bad, but between whether they produce positive changes or nothing at all, whether we use this experience to reopen a constructive dialogue in the strategic sphere, expand it into new areas, and develop an agenda of bilateral relations or miss this opportunity."

134_350_175.jpgFor almost 20 years the CNS has been a key partner of the PIR Center in developing educational resources in the field of non-proliferation. CNS staff and Albert Zulkharneev discussed further possibilities for cooperation. "Today, when the priorities of Russian and United States policy are changing, and the nonproliferation efforts are faced with a completely non-traditional challenges, we need to think about new formats for joint educational activities in order to ensure both a high level of future expertise and the continued development of knowledge about non-proliferation in regions where they are needed now more than ever."

PIR Center tour to the USA was made possible in part by support from the Gorchakov Fund allotted for the project of creating a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

 

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